Valkyries, the Choosers of the Slain

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In Norse mythology, Valkyries are the maidens following Odin‘s orders, and roaming the battlefields, deciding which warrior’s soul to take with them to Valhalla. Valhalla is a hall in Asgard where brave souls of warriors went, feasting with the great god Odin. Valkyries look fierce in the battlefield, while in Valhalla, they are the ones attending to the warriors’ needs, serving them while partying and feasting with Odin.

Below are some of the great renditions and illustrations of a Valkyrie, each art done by talented artists from DeviantArt. So, take a look at the illustrations below and make sure to visit each artist‘s page. Believe me, these artists really are great and talented! Enjoy! 🙂 More

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More posts and manga pages to follow

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My apologies for not posting much these pat few days, just got very busy and trying to meet the deadline. Hopefully, I will be posting my works (additional pages from my manga) this weekend. 🙂

The pages include the front page, chapter page and 4 additional content pages. As of now, this chapter will focus more about Greek mythology followed by Egyptian mythology, Norse mythology and lastly, Aztec Mythology.

Also, the following chapters will be about how these gods ( I won’t give any clue 😛 ) spend their days as mere mortals, how they see that the world they ruled before is very different from the world they are living with now.

Follow Kazuya, Lee Gyul, Lu Hsien and Tetsuo as they continue to live their lives with these said gods…

The Real Hel

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the Jormungandr(the Midgard serpent), Fenrir wolf, and Hel

Considering Odin as the Chief Norse god, still he had no power or control over Hel, the Norse goddess of the dead.

This goddess was not considered an Aesir nor a Vanir, instead, she, with her brothers Jormungandr (the Midgard serpent) and Fenris (also known as the Fenrir wolf) was seen to bring destruction to the gods. A prophecy once was foretold that they would bring harm and destruction not only for Asgard but for the 9 worlds as well(the 9 worlds will be discussed soon). With this prophecy, Odin decided to get rid of them(these, I will discuss sooner), giving Hel the underworld as her realm.

Hel was often recognized with her half body decaying or black in color, sometimes similar to that of a corpse, and the other half normal like a god’s.

Ode to the Aesir Odin

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In the land of just and right,

gods live in their holy plight.

Guardians or Aesirs they are called,

protectors of the nine worlds we are told.

In this holy realm rules a king,

noble and wise, he cares for all the living.

In a battle that he had not known,

an enemy wants him to be overthrowned.

His heart crying for revenge,

he seek for help and the four pillars merge.

And to end this dangerous game,

this king joined the battle

and Odin is his name..”

useful link:  Lee Gyul’s profile – get to know more Lee Gyul

Odin’s Affairs

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Odin, like Zeus, indulged in various affairs. But unlike Zeus, Odin would ask his wife’s permission first and sometimes he also let Frigg choose his mistresses. There is an account wherein Odin spent a night with a giantess in exchange for wisdom. Talk about trust!!

THE MORTALS’ PROFILES: lee gyul

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As we were walking down the long library, we saw Lee Gyul heading out and carrying a pile of books. With no further ado, we gather ourselves to interview Park Lee Gyul, the mortal half of Odin, God of Wisdom.  And he kindly share his ideas with us and here it goes…
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I AM Park Lee Gyul.

PEOPLE WILL EASILY RECOGNIZE ME BECAUSE of my glasses.

I THINK PEOPLE LIKE ME BECAUSE I’m a little bit shy and to tell you honestly, I’m not really popular in the class. I might as well disappear and no one would notice.

ATTITUDE PROBLEM? PEOPLE THINK THAT I’M a geek or a nerd. They also told me that I was diagnosed of having autism. I’m usually quiet though.

I REALLY HATE IT WHEN someone is crying.  I wish I could do something about it. I tend to feel other’s emotions, so I feel really bad if someone’s hurt or something.

DURING MY FREE TIME, I TEND TO read a book. Reading books calms my raging emotions.

I WOULD LOVE TO WASTE MY TIME listening to Lu Hsien’s stories. No matter how much he brags about certain things, I highly found him amusing.

I AM EASILY UPSET WHEN someone insults or says bad things about my mom. She may not be a good mother to me but still I love her and I would always be there for her.

I LIKE PEOPLE WHO are gentle and kind. Someone who I could easily get along with like Tetsuo.

WOMEN? I really don’t know yet. But I prefer someone kind and cuddly… (blushes)

HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT ODIN?

He’s always there for me. At first I revered him as a father figure, he’s wise and loving and always there to listen. Then he became my brother; loyal, strong and he stands by me. I can always count on him.

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH ODIN LIVING INSIDE YOU? Yes, very much.

… DID YOU FIND ODIN AMUSING? Always. He is quiet but he supported my actions all the time.

… DID ODIN ANNOY YOU? Not at all, he’s wonderful.

DID YOU EVER THOUGHT THAT ONE DAY ODIN WILL LEAVE YOU? I cannot bear the thought of it. I mean, I’m used to his presence and living without him is like losing a big part of me that cannot be replaced. I will feel forever incomplete.

IF YOU WILL BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ZEUS, RA OR TEZCATLIPOCA TO LIVE WITH YOU INSTEAD OF ODIN, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I’d rather not. Odin’s irreplaceable.

ANY MESSAGE FOR ODIN? My dearest mentor, friend and companion, I’ll always be here for you. I’ll stand by you as you’ve stand by me; protect you as you’ve protected me.

IF ODIN WILL ASK YOU TO CHOOSE ANYTHING HE POSSESS, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I will choose Thought and Memory. They’re like my siblings and I feel totally lost without them.

HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR FRIENDS? I met Lu Hsien and Tetsuo first, when they were fighting the big minotaur, they’re having a hard time so I decided to help

while for Kazuya, he saved us from Medusa so we somehow owe him our lives.

… ANY MESSAGE FOR LU HSIEN, TETSUO AND LEE GYUL?

I’m grateful of having such wonderful friends like you guys. You’ve made my life complete.

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